Countless repairs and home-remodeling projects can undoubtedly trace their lineage back to Paul's Ace Hardware, which began doling out DIY equipment and home-improvement supplies in 1956. Founded by Paul E. Dauwalder, the shop quickly expanded from its original 1,800-square-foot space, branching out to five shops that now operate beneath the expert eye of Paul's granddaughter. Cleaning products, outdoor equipment, and pool supplies are just a fragment of the stores' inventory, with power tools awaiting steady hands, fishing gear beckoning lake dwellers, and building materials—including the Tempe location's 56,000 square feet of lumber—standing poised and ready to be assembled into dams by handy beavers. Still in the city of its founding, the Scottsdale location has moved and upgraded to its own building.
Eco Rehab, LLC specializes in finding and fixing causes of high energy bills, hot or cold rooms, and poor airflow, while simultaneously reducing buildings' carbon footprints. Energy auditors thoroughly scan walls, attics, and windows with infrared equipment, zeroing in on leaky doors and cracks to block off with sealant, window sunshades, and insulation.
Just Better Air Conditioning & Heating LLC's experienced technicians shoulder more than 25 combined years of experience. They can enhance a home's interior climate via expert HVAC services, conducting scheduled tune-ups or installing brand new heaters and air conditioners. The team also attends to heating and cooling emergencies 24 hours a day.
Founded by two sisters who hold a passion for glass-based art, Kachina Stained Glass offers handpicked tools by manufacturers such as Morton, Inland, and Glastar, and hands-on classes in home decor and jewelry making. Customers can peruse the store's gift showcase for inimitable presents, tote in damaged glasswork for repairs, or commission an artist to create an original design for a stained-glass window or a particularly unsafe car windshield.
AZM’s experienced technicians shield precious coach interiors from the ravages of ultraviolet rays with three shades of custom-cut Solar Gard films. Eagle-eyed workers take sharp measurements of windows before computers cut perfectly shaped silhouettes from sheets of darkness left over from the night before. Adept hands smooth the film atop glass while taking care to chase away any loitering bubbles and creases. The film prevents up to 99% of ultraviolet light from cooking vehicles to potentially extend the lifespan of upholstery, diminish glare, and cool down interiors to preserve ice-cream cakes during cross-country road trips.
Magic Touch Mechanical's CEO Rich Morgan holds his employees to the company's lofty motto: "We do it better than it has to be." The company "builds" its craftsmen to reach this level via intensive and ongoing training with ACCA, the Heat Pump Council, Blue Energy Institute, and a multitude of other courses offered by local utilities. This heavy investment in its employees has made them some of Magic Touch's biggest fans, and they nominated the company for "Best Contractor to Work For in the USA" in the HVAC trade publication, ACHR The NEWS.
All that training certainly comes in handy in Magic Touch's line of work, which encompasses everything from residential duct cleaning and energy audits to commercial contracts for installing HVAC systems, heat pumps, and evaporative coolers. But no matter the size of the job, Magic Touch's technicians strive to do everything better than necessary, whether it's double-checking the final measurements of their 66-point A/C tune-up or dramatically exiting a home via chandelier.